DALLAS — The annual Lipper Fund Awards once again recognized GuideStone for outstanding fund performance, this time recognizing the GuideStone Extended-Duration Bond Fund as the Best Fund Over 3 Years and the Best Fund Over 5 Years in the Corporate Debt A-Rated Funds category. In each category, which ended November 30, 2013, the Extended-Duration Bond Fund beat out more than 50 eligible funds.
This is the third consecutive year the Lipper Fund Awards has recognized GuideStone Funds. In 2012, the entire GuideStone Funds family was ranked No. 1 out of 182 eligible fund families with up to $40 billion in assets and was honored with Lipper’s Best Overall Small Fund Group in the U.S. over the three-year period ending November 30, 2011. In 2013, the MyDestination 2025 Fund was ranked No. 1 out of 92 similar funds for its performance over the three-year period ending November 30, 2012.
“Lipper’s Fund Awards honor those funds that excelled at producing superior risk-adjusted returns for their investors,” said Barry Fennell, senior research analyst at Lipper. “For that, we are pleased to recognize GuideStone’s Extended-Duration Bond Fund as the top Corporate Debt A-Rated fund over both the past three and five year time periods. These two awards are certainly a positive reflection of the investment process that GuideStone has in place for the corporate debt asset class.”
Rodric E. Cummins, senior vice president and chief investment officer of GuideStone Capital Management, credited the professional management team GuideStone has assembled for the series of accolades, citing the team’s dedication to the principles GuideStone Financial Resources espouses in its commitment to honor the Lord in all that it does.
“So many times, people wonder whether they have to choose the performance they hope to achieve for their investments or the values they strive to live out today,” Cummins said. “We believe that these recognitions help give evidence that they don’t have to compromise their values to obtain industry-leading performance.”
GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins said that this most recent accolade gave evidence to the hard work and dedication of both GuideStone’s staff and the sub-advisors it utilizes. All of the benefits for this performance, though, are for the benefit of those we serve.
“Our commitment to pastors, missionaries, church staff members and the scores of thousands of other ministry workers we serve is to provide them with financial products that reflect their values and will help them as they prepare for their future,” Hawkins said. “As we prepare this year to make our funds available to values-minded investors, this newest accolade is further testimony that our products and services can more than compete with the best-known names in the mutual fund industry.”
GuideStone was recognized during an awards reception and dinner March 20 in New York City.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investors are reminded that mutual fund investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.
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About the 2014 Corporate Debt A-Rated Funds Award (three year): The GuideStone Extended-Duration Bond Fund-GS2 won for the three-year period ending November 30, 2013. 57 funds were eligible for this award.
About the 2014 Corporate Debt A-Rated Funds Award (five year): The GuideStone Extended-Duration Bond Fund-GS2 won for the five-year period ending November 30, 2013. 51 funds were eligible for this award.
About the 2013 Mixed-Asset Target 2025 Funds Award (three-year): Classification averages are calculated with all eligible share classes for each eligible classification. The calculation periods extend over 36, 60 and 120 months. The highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value within each eligible classification determines the fund classification winner over three, five or 10 years. The GuideStone MyDestination 2025 Fund-GS4 won for the three-year period ending November 30, 2012. 92 funds were eligible for this award.
About the 2012 Best Overall Small Company Lipper Award: Fund groups with at least three equity, three bond and three mixed-asset classes are eligible for a group award. The lowest average decile rank of the three years’ Consistent Return measure of the eligible funds per asset class and group will determine the award winner over the three-year period ending November 30, 2011. In cases of identical results, the lower average percentile rank will determine the winner. 182 firms were eligible for this award.
You may invest in the underlying funds directly. MyDestination Funds are also subject to the risks of the underlying funds they hold.
The MyDestination Funds (“Funds”) attempt to achieve their objectives by investing in the GuideStone Select Funds. The Funds are managed to a retirement date (“target date”) by adjusting the percentage of fixed income securities and equity securities to become more conservative each year until reaching the retirement year and then approximately 15 years thereafter. The target date in the name of the Funds is the approximate date when an investor plans to start withdrawing money. By investing in the Funds you will also incur the expenses and risks of the underlying Select Funds. The principal risks of the Funds will change depending on the asset mix of the Select Funds in which they invest. You may directly invest in the Select Funds. The Funds’ value will go up and down in response to changes in the share prices of the investments that they own. The amount invested in the Fund is not guaranteed to increase, is not guaranteed against loss, nor is the amount of the original investment guaranteed at the target date. It is possible to lose money by investing in the Funds.